Graduate students in the PhD program of the University of Chicago’s Department of English join a vibrant intellectual community. We welcome each student’s participation in the many ongoing conversations that define our work as a collaborative as well as an individual enterprise. The student with a strong commitment to the British literary canon engages with the student mapping the terrain of new media studies; the student fascinated by the shifting borders of global literature works closely with the student who focuses on particular literary and cultural temporalities and regionalisms; and the student committed to the richness of an archive shares her work with the student whose commitments are centrally theoretical or conceptual. All join in a department that fosters foundational scholarship, conceptual innovation, and interpretive sophistication.
In the structure of our program and in our individual teaching and research commitments, we keep in view our students’ ambition for professional careers in the academy. Through coursework, workshops, mentorships, and job preparation exercises, our students enter the job market well-prepared for the thinking, writing, teaching, and program-building that characterizes a career as a professor of English. We are proud to see our students move into academic positions, and their training as intellectuals and teachers will sustain literary study for future generations.
Since 1913, the University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.